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5 Ways to Integrate Modern Conveniences into Your Traditional Kitchen

  • 6 minute read
  • Apr 30th, 2021

When choosing a kitchen style, many people opt for the classic look, knowing that it will be timeless and won’t leave them wanting to update their kitchen again just a few years later.

However, just because the style of your kitchen is traditional doesn’t mean you should have to forgo all the modern conveniences. These days kitchens are no longer just places to cook; they have become places for work, socialising, entertaining the children and more. With this multifunctional purpose in mind, we need our kitchens to provide modern-day practicality, whatever the style.

Using today’s clever design knowledge and technology, it is possible to seamlessly incorporate modern elements into your traditional kitchen and enjoy the best of both worlds.  In this blog, we explore five ways in which this can be done.

1) Kitchen Appliances

Having spent much more time at home over the last year, many of us have come to enjoy using our kitchen for cooking and preparing food for our family. And, having modern appliances can make these tasks so much easier. There is a whole range of high-tech kitchen appliances that help minimise the chores and enhance the joys of being in your kitchen. Here are a few must-haves:

Smart refrigerators

No longer just a place to keep your food cool and fresh, smart refrigerators can monitor and alert you about use-by dates, customise temperatures by drawer or compartment and allow you to see inside your fridge from your smartphone.

Microwave ovens

Making cooking quicker and easier, the technology behind many modern microwave ovens means that you can replicate almost any cooking process in a much faster time. Use it for baking, roasting, grilling or air-frying and serve up healthy meals in no time.

Smart ovens

The advanced technology behind smart ovens makes cooking food unbelievably efficient and easy. The latest smart ovens can sense the weight of a joint of meat, making temperature adjustments accordingly, cook at different temperatures simultaneously, and offer touchscreen doors and built-in cameras that allow you to check the progress of your dish without opening the oven door.

Keeping it traditional…

Integrate your new appliances behind units or within built-in drawers, hidden so that they do not interrupt the classic style of your kitchen but still at hand to provide all the modern conveniences. At Granite and TREND Transformations, we have a wide range of the latest kitchen appliances that can be flawlessly incorporated into your kitchen design.

2) Worktops

Traditional kitchen worktops exude luxury. Often made of natural stone, solid wood or quartz, from sparkling white marble to rich and dark granite, they create a stunning feature in any kitchen. However, these luxurious worktops can come at a cost – expensive initially and sometimes easily damaged or difficult to maintain or repair.

Choose a modern surface for your worktop, such as our etherium® By E-stone surfaces, and you’ll experience many benefits without interruption to your kitchen style. Our worktops use quartz, granite and recycled glass and are manufactured with ForeverSeal®, our proprietary polymer resin, making them incredibly resilient. Not only are these surfaces heat, stain, scratch, mould and mildew resistant, but they are also nonporous and never need to be resealed. Furthermore, our etherium® By E-stone surfaces offer built-in Microban® technology, offering antimicrobial protection 24/7 for the lifetime of the product.

With our unique top-that-fits-on-top installation – where your new surface is fitted directly on your existing worktop – you can quickly enjoy your new kitchen with minimum hassle and upheaval.

Keeping it traditional…

Our worktops are made bespoke to your requirements, so they can be designed to fit seamlessly into a traditional style and flexed to create flowing lines and contours that follow your kitchen’s structure. With their gleaming, diamond-polished surface offering the elegance and luxury of classic worktops, there’s no drawback to incorporating this modern feature into any kitchen.

3) Splashbacks

Splashbacks not only provide a practical function, but they are also an eye-catching design feature; therefore, ensuring they fit your kitchen style is very important. Modern splashbacks, such as our collection at Granite and TREND Transformations, offer low maintenance convenience and durability to stand up to the everyday use of any kitchen. Our mosaic tile option can be pre-mounted on a flexible backing board and pre-grouted to make installation quick and hassle-free.

Keeping it traditional…

Patterned tiling in glass or stone is a typical feature of a traditional kitchen, where colours and patterns can be played with to create a stunning overall look. However, this quality does not have to be compromised when using modern techniques and materials. Granite and TREND Transformations have a beautiful collection of mosaic-style splashbacks in a wide range of colours and patterns that will elegantly match your classic kitchen look.

4) Multifunctional Space and Clever Storage

Maximising the use of space is a vital consideration in today’s multifunctional kitchen. Every corner or surface needs to work hard to fulfil the demands of modern-day life while still offering an aesthetically pleasing place for you and your family to enjoy.

Today’s kitchen designers have recognised this increased need for clever storage solutions, and you’ll now find a wide variety of options to help you curate a space that meets your requirements. Cupboards and drawers are designed to hide clutter, such as dry food storage and everyday appliances, and provide a clean and streamlined appearance. You can now even make use of the space above with hanging, canopy-style storage suspended from the ceiling.

Keeping it traditional…

The practicality of these designs may be clever, but the style can remain classic. Solutions for storage space are often made-to-measure, meaning you have complete control over the finished look.

For a quick and convenient solution for updating your unit fronts, have a look at Granite and TREND Transformations’ replacement kitchen doors. We have many colours and styles available, including the classic shaker-style kitchen doors and decorative handles, and, without the disruption of removing the whole unit, you can soon give your kitchen a fresh new look.

5) Flooring

Flooring is another kitchen aspect that has to meet a variety of challenges. While needing to be hard-wearing to stand up to everyday living, a kitchen floor demands attention, despite being below the eye level, so choosing flooring that blends with your overall look is essential.

Wood and stone flooring may be the traditional flooring options, but they do have their drawbacks. Natural stone flooring can be cold underfoot, is porous and requires sealing, while wood floors can struggle to remain pristine in a busy kitchen.

Manufactured flooring alternatives have progressed immensely in recent years and are no longer the under choice. Options, such as vinyl or our etherium® By E-stone surfaces, are hard-wearing, easy to maintain, hygienic and provide comfort underfoot.

Keeping it traditional…

There are plenty of style options to choose from when selecting a modern material for your flooring, so you are sure to find one that will blend harmoniously with a traditional kitchen. By combining quartz, granite and recycled glass, our surfaces offer a finished look that is unique and luxurious. Originally developed for the restoration of ancient buildings in Rome, they exude a classic feel that creates a stunning central feature for any kitchen or bathroom.


Modern-day kitchens need to offer us convenience and ease to support our busy lives. However, the elegance of classic design does not need to be compromised when incorporating these contemporary features in our kitchens. On the contrary, thanks to the latest technology and clever thinking, there are solutions that can integrate the two immaculately.

For further advice on how to bring the modern into your traditional kitchen, please contact our design team.

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